Mar 15, 2013 6:41 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Video games make seniors happy

There have been dozens of studies about video games and how they might be causing our youth population to be less active. There's some new research shedding positive light on digital games; however, the age group is not what you would typically find playing them.

"Oh I got a strike," said Jed. "Well actually, I'm John Dunn, but my initials are J-E-D, so I'm Jed."

To say bowling is a passion for Dunn is an understatement. He's been doing it for more than 25 years.

"I used to bowl every day after I retired," said Dunn. "I love it, I love it, I love it."

Nowadays, Dunn's love isn't at the local lanes; it's at Las Brisas senior home in San Luis Obispo.

"It isn't real bowling, but for us old people it's a pretty good deal," said JED.

He is bowling on Nintendo's Wii.

"I'm getting tired now. My 97-year-old body is getting tired," he said.

Dunn's even created a bowling club, which has two members.

"It's competitive. I always lose. I never win. Maria is much better at it that I am. She gets lots of strikes," said Dunn.

According to a new study by North Carolina State University, researchers found people who are over the age of 63 and play video games are happier than those who don't.

"I don't have much trouble with my mind, it's working pretty good at 97," said Dunn.

Researchers say further studies are in the works to figure out if playing digital games actually improves mental health.

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